Contesting the evidence for non-adaptive plasticity

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Figure 1: Negative correlations between ancestral plasticity and divergence in gene expression, and between the magnitude of plasticity in the source population and the evolved mean change in plasticity.
Figure 2: Schematic representation of the negative correlation between the changes in gene expression observed in the predator-free environment and the ancestral plasticity when all values are randomly sampled from a normal distribution.


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F.M. performed simulations and analysed the data. F.M., A.M.J. and C.S. conceived the study and wrote the manuscript.

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Mallard, F., Jakšić, A. & Schlötterer, C. Contesting the evidence for non-adaptive plasticity. Nature 555, E21–E22 (2018).

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